CAESAREAN VS. NORMAL DELIVERY Teresa Bongala, M.D. of St. Luke’s Hospital explains, “Usually people who underwent Caesarean section will have less vaginal bleeding compared to somebody who delivered normally.” According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, most women spend about one to two days in the hospital after a vaginal birth. But if you had a caesarean birth or if problems occur, you will likely stay longer.
Mommies who give birth via Caesarean section ought to expect some pain due to the incision. Mothers who undergo ligation after will have a little bit more pain.
WOUND CARE The University of Michigan Health System recommends some tips when it comes to wound care:
The incision should be kept clean and dry. You may shower and wash the incision with soap and water after the dressing is removed.
Air drying for 15 minutes, two to three times daily is recommended.
Wear cotton underwear and no tight fitting clothing. The skin from the incision will heal in several days, but takes 6-8 weeks to heal entirely.
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Taking a bath may be tricky because of the wound, which is why Dr. Bongala suggests using a clear, waterproof dressing. Aileen Serate, an operations manager and mommy to Katherine Anne and Joshua Connor, who underwent Caesarean delivery, adds that if the bandage does get wet, you should immediately change it.
Serate suggests having somebody who is willing and would know how to clean and re-dress your wound for you. Serate also adds that it was helpful to have a big mirror which someone else could hold up for her as she dressed her wound.
Wear a binder.
Avoid exercise during the first six weeks after delivery. “This is the time when your body returns to the normal state,” says Dr. Bongala.
Basic stretching is encouraged. However, abdominal exercises should be avoided because the abdominal wall is not that strong yet.
Strolls around the hospital or rocking in a chair can help speed up recovery and help with gas that often occurs after abdominal surgery.
Both Serate and Dr. Bongala caution against lifting heavy objects during the postpartum period.
INVOLVING OTHER MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY Dr. Bongala also mentions that husbands and other family members should help take care of the mother and the new baby. Aside from taking care of the mother, they can also lighten their load by participating in infant care.
Serate suggests having somebody else do your regular household chores of cooking or cleaning so you can rest.
“Aside from eating a well-balanced diet and food that are rich in iron and calcium, take plenty of ascorbic acid in order to speed up the healing of the incision,” says Dr. Bongala.
Avoid carbonated beverages, citrus juices, any other beverages which might cause uncomfortable gas pains.